Jeff Williams—NASA
By Marisa Gertz
June 21, 2016

Astronaut Jeff Williams of NASA captured an image of the rare strawberry moon from the International Space Station. “A spectacular rise of the full moon just before sunset while flying over western China,” he wrote.

For the first time in nearly 70 years, the full moon rose on the same day as the summer solstice. The last time this event occurred it was 1948 and Harry S. Truman was president.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the name for this moon comes from the Algonquin tribe and refers to the short strawberry harvesting season that comes each year during the month of June.

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